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IBA - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.


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very good

201 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 01-06-2011)
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Photo of sirdrinkwell


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into pint glass, this brew is a deep and rich looking mahogany/coffee color with a healthy amount of butter hued head. After fading it left quite a bit of lacing around the glass.

S-The nose is a malted hop combo as to be expected, with a toffee citrus feel. Somewhat muted, but pleasant.

T-The aroma is a good indicator of what is to follow, as this drinks as a pleasant mashup of mild malted toffee and muted citrus hops. A slight bit of peppery middle as the two main characters meet.

M-Light-leaning medium body, decent balance.

O-Very drinkable and refreshing. For the style, I take it almost as a Lite beer in as nice a way as possible.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 03:29:41 | More by sirdrinkwell
Photo of Durtdiggler


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle poured into snifter glass.

Dark, rich black with creamy 3 finger head. Alot of lacing and retention. I am a sucker for dark beer with thick, creamy brown head that wants to stand out.

Smell is mellow mix of the hops and roast grains, neither stand out to over power each other. Very subtle espresso like, trying to be unoffensive. The aroma is well blended but a bit muted.

Taste is very well balanced, the flavors come together extremely well between the coffee, citrus overtones. It finishes very clean, limited hop bitter after taste.

Mouth feel is the lighter side of medium, soft water, smooth.

It could have gone farther, which might mean more ABV. Feels like they were trying to make sure the combined beer style would go together very well. This beer is very easy to drink given the profile and flavor. They did a great job with this one. Definitely worth trying but don't expect an aggressive approach. The more I got through the bomber, the more I started to enjoy it and the flavors and aroma started to show. LFB is in my back yard and reasonably priced, will be having some more.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 00:20:17 | More by Durtdiggler
Photo of hopfacebrew


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber of this as it was on sale at Argonaut in Denver and it's my favorite style - why not?

A - The beer was poured from the bomber to a pint glass. It pours a very deep mahogany/brown color, it isn't black, but it's dark and opaque. Reddish brown on the edges. A nice 2 finger cream colored head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S - A faint trace of the citrus and earthy hops, but its not all that strong. A bit of malty sweetness. I could use more nose.

T - Similar to the nose the flavor isn't overpowering and seems a bit subdued. It certainly isn't bad just not powerful. It starts with a mild bitterness and sweet malty character along with a bit of hop resin: floral, citrus, pine, grass. I wish it had more hop character. The beer finishes clean and crisp.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good drinkability.

Overall, this beer didn't knock my socks off but was enjoyable. As there is no freshness date I wonder if more hop character would be prevalent if fresh? I'd buy it again though for sure.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-12-2011 19:34:22

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 14:10:12 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A very muted aroma of hops, coffee, and some malt.

T: Tasted of coffee, a little chocolate, hops, and a bit of malt in the finish. Not quite as assertive as some other ABAs, but a pretty solid, likeable flavor nonetheless.

M: A highly-carbonated beer with a silky finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A bit uneven in spots, but still worth a look. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 14:08:41 | More by avalon07
Photo of shand


4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Hoping this will keep up the streak of Lakefront's 22oz bottles being far better than their core lineup (minus the IPA and Fixed Gear, which they just [deservedly] started putting in sixers). Pours a nice deep brown color with two fingers of off-white head. Aroma is full of citrus hops, with a bit of roasted malts in the back. The taste is very good, it's got a very strong hop presence that separates this from the "hoppy porters" of the world, with some highly roasted malts and coffee providing a bitter supporting role. The mouthfeel is very IPA-like, with just a bit more body than the average one would have, and the drinkability is very good. Another great one from Lakefront. If they keep putting out great new beers, they are going to go places in the craft world.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:55:41 | More by shand
Photo of JRdaSconnie


4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: bottle shared with my wife and friends Neil & Jen. Bottle courtesy of Neil. Bomber pulled out of fridge and allowed to warm 30 min. Served in Jack Daniels sipping glass.

A: jet black, high SRM. Thick tan head, short lasting.

S: Cascade hops, roast malt. Piney, mild citrus.

T: very similar to smell. Prominent bitterness and flavor from U.S. hops with roast malt bitterness/pleasant astringency. Definitely hop forward brew but well balanced with roasted malt backbone.

M: just right amount of carbonation. Adds to bitterness but not annoyingly fizzy. Nice medium body helps to make roasted malts more robust.

O: very nice beer. Good example of the black bitter beer, whatever you want to name it. Tasted in series with my homebrewed BIPA and this is the beer I'd like mine to be.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 12:38:07 | More by JRdaSconnie
Photo of ChimRichels


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Incredibly foamy head leaves a metric shit-load of chunky lacing all the way down. Body is black. Pure darkness.

S - Smells of earth and intense citrus hop resin. The aromatics really mask any of the malt from coming through at all in the nose.

T - The roasted malts really come through, and the hops are holding their own as well. Lots of big,intense flavors. Dry on the finish. I think the hops win the aroma battle, but the charred malts dominate the flavor.

M - Slick and creamy. Very much full-bodied.

O - A really good black IPA, and an exquisitely balanced one at that.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 00:18:10 | More by ChimRichels
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Perhaps the fastest-growing beer style to date, the American Black Ale. Lakefront did not play around—black as black, with a killer lacing. Slight roast in the nose with a thick blanket of soft hop resin and faint ripe fruit. Minty and tobacco aroma. Moderate-sized body, more than enough smoothness to go around. Smacks of hops, but with a smat- tering of roasted grain and ripe fruit, this beer is more complex than just darkness and hops. The hops do, however, provide a pretty intense trail for the taste buds to follow. Minty hop finish with some lingering roastiness. The brewer definitely has a firm grasp on this style.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 13:24:17 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of pBRale


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes 10-27-11
Poured into a warbled mug.

Appearance: Darkest of dark brown with deep amber highlights and a light cocoa head that settles fairly slowly and has a small bit of head retention that leaves a thick web of lacing.

Smell: Wonderful hops--grapefruit, massive floral notes, nice fruity esters, and a faint crystal malt backbone.

Taste: Lots of the aforementioned hop aromas come into the initial taste, along with a toasty malt backbone. Then, a robust coffee flavor comes in and lingers beautifully. The aftertaste is bitter and coffee-like.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-full body, with carbonation that is on the lower side of medium, with a smooth, bitter coffee finish.

Overall: A very solid beer. Wonderful balance of floral hops and coffee grounds. I didn't think those two flavors would be compatible, but Lakefront Brewery seems to have mastered it. A unique and Outstanding beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 18:56:09 | More by pBRale
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: not exactly sure what a black ipa is supposed to look, but this is sure black and attractive. Impressive fat head, that recedes after a few minutes leaving soap sud like lacing.
Smell: Bright, fruity and floral. Nice.
Taste: The start is much like the nose with a slightly bitter, in the right amount, finish. Nicely done.
Have to admit I was ready to jump on the oxymoron bandwagon. Didn't think I was gonna like this but I do I do.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 00:00:04 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of cdkrenz


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, dark brown allowing a mere hint of light through at the base of the pint. The head is substantial at two plus inches and maintains some very nice lacing.

S - Nice citrus and pine hops aroma with a hint of roasted malts.

T - Light hoppy flavor that allows a bit of the coffee and chocolate flavors to peek through in the finish.

M - The feel is bit coarse in the middle while it starts out and ends rather soft. Even the finish resonates a bit of the coarse texture, only it's more toward the back of my tongue.

~ This is a very drinkable beer. I would certainly recommend it to friends, and for the price ($5/bomber) you can't beat it.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 00:54:47 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of jmdrpi


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. the brewer doesn't the great thing of putting a spot on the bottom of the label for the Week, Month, and Year of the date of bottling. but it's not notched or marked!

appears black and opaque, with nice thick 1/2" cream colored head. good retention, some lacing.

it passes the "close your eyes and it smells like an IPA" test. aroma of earthy hops. taste is a nice balance of subtle roasted malt that blends with the hops. fairly creamy body. nice smooth carbonation. neither thick nor thin.

overall, one of the better examples of this "new style" that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 03:43:39 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of rembrant


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Near Black but a bit of light gets through. Slight tan head.
Aroma is a bit roasty for a black IPA....a hint of coffee with some hoppy.
Taste is rich and fuller than the usual Black IPA, a bit more tilted to the Malt side,almost reminding me of a cold Storm King The hops are snappy but what's interesting is a rather full flavor and ody,malts, bready,substantial,a bit roasty and a little chocolate. That said, the flavor is hard to pin down.

Mouth seems rich for a Black IPA and yet it's not thick, the dark malts just make it seem to have more robust.

Drinkable, crisp the hops brighten it but the flavor are a little muddied giving a sense that this was close to being a top tier beer but just missed

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 04:35:46 | More by rembrant
Photo of crossovert


3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650ml bomber.

It pours a dark brown with a fluffy off-white/tan head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell is hoppy and chocoaltey. The hops are real good.

The flavor is a bit lacking. It wants to be hoppy and roasty and malty at the same time but it is an off-balance.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 02:02:20 | More by crossovert
Photo of flexabull


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have seen these Lakefront bottles in my local store for a few months now, figured it was time to give one a try.

Pours a dark cola brown color, with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are pine like, with hints of dark cocoa, cola, and baked bread.

Taste is crisp, bready and kind of spicy up front. Some creamy cocoa, heavily roasted malts, and light coffee. Finish is earthy and with some pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel is decent, but a bit on the thin side.

Overall, this is pretty good and worth trying. There is something about the flavor that is odd that I can't put my finger on though. Maybe it's the spiciness... Still pretty tasty though.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 01:23:31 | More by flexabull
Photo of brdc


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one from their large bottle sample pack, 4 large ones for under $15.

Poured into a pint glass, it is dark but not quite black, with a nice but short lasting tan head. Minimal retention.
Aroma is pleasant if not powerful enough, it takes your nose in there to appreciate it to the full extent; piney hops, chocolate, coffee, with the hops upfront and center.
Medium to light bodied, flavors are on the hoppy side, piney and grassy, with some chocolate, but mostly bitter and hoppy.
It is not bad but feels like something is missing, perhaps a bit more malts and hops as it all feels a little watered down.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 16:41:20 | More by brdc
Photo of flyfisherfinn


4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got the chance to try this one. Very dark pour, with a good, creamy head to finish it off. The malty aroma and taste kept the hops from becoming overpowering. This was a very smooth beer. The hops/malt combination in this beer made for a very pleasant offering from Lakefront.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 22:10:38 | More by flyfisherfinn
Photo of tkepx182

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ap: The is a clear beer that and the beer is a black tint to it

Au: The beer smells of smoke, like the liquid smoke used for cooking.

Mouth and Taste: This beer has a crisp mouth feel to it. The smokiness of the beer comes trough with the taste, as well as the mild hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 01:13:54 | More by tkepx182
Photo of Sky2625


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a standard pint glass (notes from 8/19/11):

A - Poured murky dark brown/black, with 1-finger of light tan foamy head with a few medium bubbles. Moderate retention and spotty lacing. Shines dark orange and brown when held up to the light.

S - Pine and juniper at the front, transitioning to light chocolate malt toast of moderate intensity. A bit of pine and molasses at the back end, and a tiny bit of pepper became apparent as the beer warmed.

T - Mild piney and toasty malt sweetness to start, with a hint of chocolate, flowing into mild bitterness holding a tangy/spicy note like a fresh not-quite-ripe blueberry. Finishes wth moderate roasty chocolate, and a hint of coffee.

M - Light to medium fluid body that finishes dry. Tingly and lightly biting carbonation at the front of the tongue.

D - A decent nose to it, but light on the flavor intensity, though the sweet light toastiness with hints of molasses and pine is a great flavor profile. Very good, and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 18:32:58 | More by Sky2625
Photo of yankeej13


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never heard of Lakefront Brewing before so I saw the IBA and decided to give it a shot.

A- A nice dark appearance with a big fluffy head of foam and a nice amount of carbonation collection to the top of the glass.

S- Has a mild smell, has a pretty sweet hoppy aroma to it.

T- A good balance between hops to malts. Has a sweet finish. A mild bite as well.

M- Has a very smooth flow. Good drinkability. Nice bold finish. Leaves your mouth lingering with sweet hints.

Overall- I am glad I tried it. I do love black IPAs and wasn't disappointed to say the least! Cheers

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 22:19:16 | More by yankeej13
Photo of brew3crew


4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown almost black with a light tan head that sticks around for a while

S-slightly choppy and slightly roasted malt

T-nice mix of roasted malt and hopiness. Almost a coffee choppy beer. I really like it.

m- medium body and smooth with a nice bitter aftertaste

o- would make a great morning beer. I am going to buy a six pack. Wonderful

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 00:53:34 | More by brew3crew
Photo of chefelf

New York

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

IPAs (or, in this case IBA) are not my preferred style of beer but I found this beer pretty enjoyable. Overall I've been happy with all of Lakefront's offerings.

This particular beer was very dark, malty, and had a nice bitterness even to someone who is not all that into bitterness in their beer.

Maybe these beers are available in smaller bottles but I've only ever been able to find the large 650 ml bottles. This is a beer I would rather take in 12 oz. increments.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 15:38:55 | More by chefelf
Photo of BeerLover99


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brown/black/cloudy body, 2 finger khaki head,
glorious lacing

S: roasted malt, nutty, caramel, pineapple/peach, pine

T: sweet pineapple/peach, pine, malt, sticky slow bitter finish

M: med body, smooth, slight sticky/oily mouth

O: Lakefront continues to entertain my palate
with their bomber (22oz) selections. This is
worth getting and it's one of my favorite
American Black Ales.


Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 21:38:12 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Strix


3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown, pours with a frothy head and leaves generous lacing.

Pine, grapefruit, caramel and coffee in the nose.

Stale piney note atop caramel and roasted malt. Flavor is all right but not very interesting. Could be an overhopped porter.

Mouthfeel felt undercarbonated and thin.

I really like this style, whatever they decide the name will be, and I had really high hopes for this. Unfortunately this is lacking the complexity the style requires to pull it off. You need an IPA and a dark flavor component to both present themselves in time, but this was one dimensional throughout. It was drinkable, but the flavors seemed muddled and muted to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 03:27:47 | More by Strix
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is black only to the careless eye. Against the light it appears much more brown, even more ruby than anything at certain angles, and while it's an exaggeration to say the beer is anything but opaque, I've a sneaking suspicion it's more clear than its lightless body would have it seem. Its head is like a mid-winter’s morning frost.

Tomato, tomato. Potato, potato. Piny, pungent hops, Roasty, burnt grain. Same thing. This aroma smells equally of wet leaves as it does coffee-ish malts and scents from the barbecue grill. The bit of black licorice character combines with the hops to imitate tarragon, albeit with an even more herbal personae and, as stated, a little bit of coffee flavour.

The people that colonized Latin America would have had a devil of a time tying to put a label on this beer; like a mixed-racial child, this is a style that can vary, sometimes brandishing more the traits of its mother (IPA), sometimes more the traits of its father (porter). This particular example is particularly tough to tell, it's a neat fifty-fifty cut.

The texture is that of wet leafs, with a steamed greens-type bitterness. And yet the feeling left in the mouth is that of roasty, almost coffee bean-esque malts. There's no oily astringency though, except for that of the resinous hops. That isn't too pronounced, however, given the chocolaty flavour that supplants it. And round and round we endlessly go.

Lakefront IBA (India-Style Black Ale) combines smoky, chocolaty porter qualities with a wet, autumn leafs-like hoppiness to make for a beer that is as multi-faceted as it is drinkable. It combines the most agreeable aspects of dark beers and hoppy beers into a one lip-smacking ale. If the style is new to you, this Wisconsin offering is a good place to start out.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 06:35:38 | More by biegaman
IBA from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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